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Are there particular medications that work in addition to psychotherapy in teenagers for depression?
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In brief: Absolutely
There are many medications.
However, only a fully qualified medical doctor, specifically a child psychiatrist, is positioned to make this determination.

In brief: Absolutely
There are many medications.
However, only a fully qualified medical doctor, specifically a child psychiatrist, is positioned to make this determination.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Psychotherapy
Without question.
There are numerous medications that can help. Studies show that medicine and psychotherapy are better than either alone in some people. See a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist for a consultation.

In brief: Psychotherapy
Without question.
There are numerous medications that can help. Studies show that medicine and psychotherapy are better than either alone in some people. See a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist for a consultation.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The studies on teens are fewer than in adults, but most of us in clinical practice have found that most antidepressants work well in teenagers.
We do need to be extra careful and vigilant in treating teens with depression, because the medications may increase some suicidal thinking and behaviors in some teens. In my experience, antidepressant medications plus psychotherapy works well in teens.

In brief: Yes
The studies on teens are fewer than in adults, but most of us in clinical practice have found that most antidepressants work well in teenagers.
We do need to be extra careful and vigilant in treating teens with depression, because the medications may increase some suicidal thinking and behaviors in some teens. In my experience, antidepressant medications plus psychotherapy works well in teens.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
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